UCLA Women's Basketball Remain On Road At Illinois / Ohio State

Dec. 15, 2004

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UCLA At Illinois Dec. 19/At Ohio State Dec. 21: No. 16/17 UCLA (6-1),winners of six straight, will take some time off for exams (week of Dec. 13)and then head back out on the road to play at Illinois on Sunday, Dec. 19and at No. 10/7 Ohio State on Tuesday, Dec. 21.

The Bruins won their sixth-straight game of the season on Dec. 11 atFresno State. UCLA handed previously unbeaten Fresno State a 92-76 defeatbehind 22 points from Nikki Blue, who became the 20th Bruin to score her1,000th career point in the contest, and 21 points from Noelle Quinn, hersixth straight 20-point effort of the season. Lisa Willis added 18 pointsand career-best totals of 10 rebounds and seven assists.

UCLA concluded a string of four-straight games against teams whichadvanced to the post-season a year ago with a perfect 4-0 mark after a 70-64win against Purdue on Dec. 5. (Texas and Purdue were in the NCAA tournament,Clemson and Pepperdine played in the NWIT). The Bruins have wonseven-straight home games over the past two seasons.

Bruins In The Rankings: UCLA has moved up to No. 16 in the AP poll for theweek of Dec. 13. The Bruins, who debuted at No. 20 last week in the ESPN/USAToday poll, are ranked 17 this week. UCLA moved into the AP rankings at No.25 on Nov. 29 after the win over No. 4 Texas. It was the first time UCLA hadbeen ranked in the AP poll since the week of Feb. 21, 2000, when the Bruinswere ranked No. 22 after defeating No. 15 Arizona. UCLA was ranked as highas fourth in the 1999-2000 season.

Listen Live: UCLA will not broadcast these two games. Bruin fans may listenin on the Illinois (www.fightingillini.com) and Ohio State(www.ohiostatebuckeyes.com) web sites. The Illinois game will also have avideo broadcast on the Illinois website. Fans with high-speed internet andthe College Sports Pass will be able to watch the game.

Bruin Notes: Nikki Blue, now with 1,004 career points, became the 20thBruin to reach the 1,000 point mark for her career during the second half ofthe Fresno State contest � The last time the Bruins had a six-game winningstreak was last season � The last time the Bruins won more than six in a rowwas in the 2002-03 season, when they posted seven-straight wins (the Bruinswon 10 in a row in the 1998-99 season) � A 6-1 season start is UCLA's bestbeginning to a season since the 1980-81 UCLA team won its first 12 games �With 76 points, Fresno State became the first team to score more than 65points this season against the Bruins � Noelle Quinn has scored in doubledigits in the last 28 consecutive games, including six straight games of 20points or more � The Bruins own a 13-0 record when Quinn scores at least 20points in a game � Lisa Willis needs five more made three-point shots tobecome the school's all-time leader � Willis has made her last 10 freethrows and is shooting .895 for the season (17-19) �Six players currentlyhave more assists than turnovers this season (Quinn, Blue, Livingston, Oren,Pedersen, Willis) � The Bruins had held the last 18 regular season opponentsto 70 points or less before Fresno State totaled 76.

Scouting The Illini: Illinois is off to a 5-2 start this season, includinga 71-65 win at Louisiana Tech on Dec. 4. Five-nine senior forward AngelinaWilliams, who scored 24 against Tech, leads the Illini in scoring with a15.9 mark. Tiffanie Guthrie, a 5-10 senior guard also averages in doublefigures with a 14.7 mark. Danyel Crutcher, a 6-2 freshman, is the leadingrebounder with a 7.7 average.

The Series With Illinois: Illinois leads the series, 2-1. UCLA capturedlast season's matchup in Pauley Pavilion on Nov. 30, 2003 by a score of68-56. The win marked Bruin coach Kathy Olivier's 150th career victory. TheBruins used 52% shooting in the first half to take a 35-22 lead at thebreak. UCLA built the margin up to 50-30 before Illinois closed to 54-46with about five minutes to play. Emma Tautolo then scored the next sixpoints in the contest to secure the win for the Bruins. Nikki Blue had 16points to pace UCLA.

Scouting The Buckeyes: No. 10/7 Ohio State is off to a 9-1 start thisseason, including a 78-45 win over Arizona on Nov. 17. The Buckeyes travelto Oregon on Dec. 18. Jessica Davenport, a 6-4 sophomore, leads OSU inscoring with a 18.0 mark and in rebounding at 7.3. Caity Matter, a 5-9senior guard, also averages in double figures with a 14.5 mark.

The Series With Ohio State: The Buckeyes lead the series, 4-3, and have wonall three previous meetings played in Columbus. UCLA captured last season'smatchup on Dec. 30 in Pauley Pavilion by a score of 71-56 over the then-No.18 Buckeyes. The Bruins shot 52% for the game. Lisa Willis led three Bruinsin double figures with 17 points.

2004-05 Outlook: Coach Kathy Olivier welcomes back 11 letterwinners,including three starters, and adds three talented newcomers. The Bruin²triple threat² returning starters are leading scorer and rebounder NoelleQuinn, assist leader and No. 2 scorer Nikki Blue, along with Pac-10 stealsleader and No. 3 scorer Lisa Willis. Seven of the 11 letterwinners sawaction in at least 18 games last season, including five players withstarting experience from a year ago.

The team rebounded from a 4-6 Pac-10 start last season to capture sevenof the last eight conference games and finish in a tie for third place. Thatthird place finish marked the fifth time in the last seven seasons that theBruins have wound up among the top four teams in the conference.

Bruins in the Pre-Season Polls: UCLA was ranked No. 22 by Lindy's Magazineand No. 25 by Street and Smith's, which also chose Noelle Quinn as a highhonorable mention All-American and Nikki Blue as an honorable mentionAll-American. The Bruins opened as the '26th' team in both the AP and theUSA Today pre-season polls.

Coaches and Media Pick Bruins To Finish Third In Pac-10: The Pac-10women's basketball coaches picked UCLA to finish third in the conference,with one first-place vote, in the annual pre-season poll. Stanford, witheight first-place votes, was the solid choice to finish first. The Cardinalwere followed by Arizona (one first-place vote), UCLA, Arizona St., Oregon,Washington, USC, California, Oregon St. and Washington St.

The Pac-10 media also selected UCLA to finish third (122 points).Stanford, with eight first-place votes and Arizona, with seven first-placevotes, were picked to repeat as co-champions with 140 points each. ArizonaState was fourth (100), followed by Washington (83), Oregon (78), USC (61),Oregon St. (45), California (34) and Washington St. (22).

Blue, Quinn Earn National Honors: Guards Nikki Blue and Noelle Quinn havebeen selected to several pre-season watch lists for national honors,including the pre-season Naismith Award list, the Wade Trophy Watch List andthe Wooden Award All-America Watch List. Blue and Quinn were also named tothe pre-season All-Pac-10 Conference team. Blue received honorable mentionhonors in the AP Pre-Season All-America list and first-team acclaim fromWomen's Basketball News Service.

Game Recaps

Dec. 11 - UCLA Wins at Fresno State: UCLA pulled away from Fresno State inthe second half and captured a 92-76 road win. The Bruins opened the secondhalf by hitting nine of their first 10 shots from the field. During thatstretch, UCLA extended a one-point halftime lead to 62-47, at the 13:49mark. Nikki Blue became the 20th Bruin to reach the 1,000 career scoringlevel during the second half and led the team with 22 points. Noelle Quinnhad her sixth-straight 20-point game with 21 points and added a team-best 12rebounds. Lisa Willis totaled 18 points, six steals and career-high totalsof 10 rebounds and seven assists.

Dec. 5 - Bruins Top No. 14 Purdue : UCLA used Noelle Quinn's 23-point outingto help best Purdue, 70-64. UCLA raced out to a 9-0 lead and enjoyed a 31-25margin at half. After the Bruins built up a 50-38 advantage with 10:59 toplay, the Boilermakers rallied to knot the score at 57 at the 3:28 mark.UCLA still led 63-62 with 1:07 to play when Quinn hit a jump shot for afive-point lead and then made a steal and hit one of two free throws to giveUCLA a 66-62 lead with 0:27 to play. After Purdue misfired on a three-pointattempt, Lisa Willis made a pair of free throws with 15 seconds remaining.Willis finished with 14 points. Lindsey Pluimer's two free throws with eightseconds to play sealed it.

Dec. 2 - Bruins Crash Waves in Malibu : Freshman forward Lindsey Pluimerscored 22 points, and sophomore Noelle Quinn added 20, to pace the Bruins toa 74-61 win at Pepperdine. UCLA led from start to finish and pulled awayfrom the Waves midway through the second half. UCLA led 29-27 at the halfbut managed to build that advantage up to 58-39 at the 9:48 mark of thesecond half.

Trebilcock To Join Bruins In 2005-06: Guard Ashlee Trebilcock of Newhall,CA (Hart HS) has signed a national letter-of-intent with UCLA and will jointhe Bruins in the 2005-06 season. A 5-9 guard, Trebilcock is considered bysome publications to be one of the Top 25 recruits in the nation. She ledher team to the Foothill League championship in 2004 and to the final gameof the CIF Southern Section Division I championship, where she scored acareer-high 34 points. She is a two-time Los Angeles Daily News Player ofthe Year and attended the Nike All-America camp in 2003 and the USA JuniorOlympic tryouts in 2004. As a junior at Hart HS, she averaged 21.9 points,5.5 rebounds and handed out 94 assists. In her sophomore year, she averaged16.7 points.

Player Bio Updates

#00 Ortal Oren: Totaled four points in the win at Fresno � Had threepoints in the win over No. 14 Purdue � Scored six at Pepperdine � Had fourpoints and a career-high four assists vs. Clemson � Scored nine againstGardner-Webb � Had eight points in the opener against TCU � Saw action in 28games last season and averaged 3.2 points and 1.5 rebounds. Career Highs:Points - 11 v. Fresno St., 12-21-03; Rebounds - 4, v. Michigan St.,12-19-03; Assists - 4 v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Steals - 3, last vs. Wash. St.,1-5-03.

#3 Shaina Zaidi: Has appeared in three games this season �Had four pointsin win over Clemson � Scored a career-best five points in the win overGardner-Webb � Had 10 points in the exhibition game against West CoastAll-Stars � Saw action in nine games last season. Career Highs: Points - 5v. Gardner-Webb, 11-21-04; Assists - 3 v. Clemson, 11-24-04; Rebs. - 1, lastv. Clemson, 11-24-04.

#5 Stephanetta Bingley: Has yet to appear in a regular season game � Sawher first action as a Bruin in the exhibition game against the West CoastAll-Stars � Walked on to the team during the pre-season and will provideadditional depth in the Bruin backcourt.

#11 Julia Pitts: Expected to redshirt after undergoing knee surgery duringeach of her first two seasons as a Bruin � Saw action in 18 games and was astarter in nine games last season � Averaged 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds pergame � Her season came to an early end when she had knee surgery on Feb. 12,2004 to repair torn meniscus in her left knee.

#14 Lindsey Pluimer: Recorded eight points and five rebounds at Fresno�Contributed 12 points, three steals and six rebounds in the win over No.14 ranked Purdue � Scored a game-high 22 points and pulled down fiverebounds at Pepperdine � Had seven points and five rebounds in the win overTexas � Totaled 13 points and five rebounds in the win over Clemson � Hadeight points and seven rebounds versus Gardner-Webb � Led the Bruins withnine boards and three blocks against TCU �McDonald's, Parade Magazine andStreet and Smith's High School All-American selection � Led her San ClementeHigh School team to four straight CIF Southern Section I-A titles � Namedfirst-team all-state by Cal-Hi Sports � Three-time CIF Southern Section I-APlayer of the Year � Averaged 24.6 points, 4.3 assists, 2.7 steals, 4.8blocks and 10.3 rebounds as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 22, atPepperdine, 12-2-04; Rebs. - 9, v. TCU, 11-19-04; Blocks - 3 v. TCU,11-19-04; Steals - 3, last v. Purdue, 12-5-04.

#20 Lauren Pedersen: Scored two points at Fresno �Had three points andtwo steals versus Purdue � Registered five points and three assists againstClemson � Scored five versus Gardner-Webb � Grabbed three rebounds againstTCU �Second-team all-state selection by Cal-Hi Sports � CIF SouthernSection Division II-A Player of the Year in 2004 at Brea Olinda High School� Helped her team to the CIF Southern Section Division II-A championship asa senior � Averaged 14.7 points as a senior. Career Highs: Points - 5, lastv. Clemson, 11-24-04; Rebs. - 3, v. TCU, 11-19-04; Assists - 3 v. Clemson,11-24-04; Steals - 2, last v. Purdue, 12-5-04.

#21 Brittany Ringel: Starter at outside hitter on the volleyball team �Just rejoined the basketball squad this week after the completion of thevolleyball season � The Bruin volleyball team lost in the NCAA Regionalfinal in Seattle on Dec. 11.

#22 Consuelo Lezcano : Had one rebound at Fresno State �Scored two pointsin the win over Texas � Pulled down four boards against Clemson � Had threepoints and career-best five rebounds versus Gardner-Webb � Scored fourpoints against TCU �Saw action in eight games last season � Averaged 2.0points and 0.5 rebounds a year ago. Career Highs: Points - 6, last at Cal,2-19-04; Rebs. - 5, v. Gardner-Webb, 11-19-04; Blocks - 1 v., Gard.-Webb,11-19-04.

#31 Amanda Livingston : Tied her career-high with 13 points, hitting herfirst five shots from the field, in the win at Fresno State � Grabbed fourboards against Purdue� Pulled down a career-best eight rebounds (sevenoffensive) at Pepperdine � Had five rebounds in win over Texas �Grabbedfour rebounds against Clemson � Scored 12 points and had a career-best fiveassists versus Gardner-Webb � Had 10 points and three assists against TCU�Saw action in all 30 games last year � Averaged 4.0 points and 2.2rebounds last season. Career Highs: Points - 13, last at Fresno, 12-11-04;Rebs. - 8 at Pepperdine, 12-2-04; Assists - 5 v. Gardner-Webb, 11-21-04;Steals - 4 at Ariz. St., 1-15-04; Blks. - 2 at Purdue, 12-13-03.

#32 Nikki Blue : Became the 20th Bruin to reach the 1,000 point mark in thesecond half at Fresno State on her way to a season-best 22-point, eightrebound, six assist night � Had 11 points, seven steals and six assists inthe win over No. 14 Purdue � Handed out four assists and scored six pointsat Pepperdine � Totaled 13 points, five rebounds and four assists in the winover Texas � Handed out four assists and scored seven points against Clemsonin 21 minutes � Had four assists and three steals versus Gardner-Webb (22minutes) � Handed out seven assists versus TCU �Sat out the exhibition gameagainst West Coast All-Stars due to an ankle injury suffered in the secondweek of pre-season practice �Starter in all 29 games last season � Named tothe pre-season Wooden Award All-American and Wade Trophy Watch Lists�Earned honorable mention pre-season All-America acclaim from AP and Street& Smith's Magazine �Selected to the All-Pac-10 first-team in 2004 for thesecond straight season � Scored a school NCAA tournament best 33 pointsagainst Minnesota � Ranked seventh in the Pac-10 in scoring, 12th inrebounding, third in assists, second in steals and sixth in assist/turnoverratio. Career Highs: Points - 35 at Washington, 2-1-03; Rebs. - 12 v.Sacramento St., 11-24-02; Assists - 11 v. Arizona, 2-12-04; Steals - 8 v.Oregon, 3-8-03.

#40 Lisa Willis : Had 18 points and career-high totals of 10 boards (herfirst career double-double) and seven assists at Fresno State � Totaled 14points, four steals and three assists against Purdue � Moved into first onthe all-time school list in three-point shots attempted (366) against Purdue� Had 14 points and seven boards at Pepperdine � Battled foul trouble toscore eight points in the win over Texas � Totaled 18 points, eightrebounds, six assists and eight steals (tied career high) against Clemson �Had 16 points and eight rebounds versus Gardner-Webb � Registered ateam-high 15 points in the opener against TCU �Only player to start all 30games last season � Her season total of 100 steals ranked third on theall-time school list � Her average of 3.3 steals ranked 11th in the nation �Set a school record with 70 made three-point shots � Hon. mention All-Pac-10� Ranked first in the Pac-10 in steals and three-point shots made, seventhin three-point shooting percentage and defensive rebounds, 10th in scoringand 15th in rebounding. Career Highs: Points - 31 at Cal, 2-19-04; Rebs. -10 at Fresno St., 12-4-04; Assists - 7 at Fresno St., 12-4-04; Steals - 8,last v. Clemson, 11-24-04.

#44 Emma Tautolo : Had four points at Fresno State � Scored two pointsagainst Purdue and four at Pepperdine � Grabbed four rebounds versus Texas �Had four points against Clemson � Had three points versus Gardner-Webb �Scored two against TCU �Appeared in 24 games last season � Averaged 1.9points and 1.3 rebounds. Career Highs: Points - 10 v. Illinois, 11-30-03;Rebs. - 6 at CSUN, 12-17-03; Assists - 3 at CSUN, 12-17-03; Steals - 2 atWash. St., 2-7-04.

#45 Noelle Quinn : Had her sixth- straight 20-point outing with 21 pointsat Fresno State � She had six 20-point games in a row at one point lastseason and now has 13 overall for her career �Also had a team-high 12rebounds against the Bulldogs for her 10th career double-double � Scored 23in the win over Purdue � Also led the team in rebounding with seven �Scored20 at Pepperdine � U.S. Bank Pac-10 Player of the Week (Nov. 29-Dec. 5) forthe second straight week and fourth time in her career � Has scored indouble digits in the last 28 straight games � Tied for the team lead witheight rebounds against the Waves � Pac-10 Player of the Week andUCLABruins.com/MET-Rx Student-Athlete of the Week for Nov. 22-28 � Had 27points in the win over Texas and her first double-double of the season with11 rebounds � Her basket with 13 seconds remaining gave UCLA a 61-60 leadover Texas and her two free throws with five seconds to play made it 63-60 �Scored 23 against Clemson � Added seven steals and three assists versus theTigers � Named to the all-tournament team at the Miami Jam � Led the Bruinswith team-high totals of 20 points, six assists and nine rebounds againstGardner-Webb �Had 14 points against TCU despite suffering from dehydration� Named to the pre-season Wooden Award All-American and Wade Trophy WatchLists �Earned High Honorable Mention pre-season All-America acclaim fromStreet & Smith's Magazine �Pac-10 Freshman of the Year and first-teamall-conference selection � Ranked sixth in the Pac-10 in scoring, fifth inrebounding; ninth in assists and offensive rebounding, fourth in steals anddefensive rebounds and seventh in assists/turnover ratio � Set a freshmanschool record with six straight 20-point games � Recorded the fourthtriple-double in school history with 21 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assistsat California. Career Highs: Points - 31 v. Arizona, 2-12-04; Rebs. - 15,v. Oregon 1-29-04; Assists - 10, at Cal 2-19-04; Steals - 7 v. Clemson,11-24-04; Blks. - 1, last v. Texas, 11-28-04.

# 54 Sissy Pickett : Has seen action in four games this season � Had twopoints and four rebounds versus Clemson � Had four points and two reboundsagainst Gardner-Webb � Played in the opener against TCU, but did not score�Saw action in 11 games last season � Averaged 1.5 points and 0.5 rebounds� Career 77% free throw shooter. Career Highs: Points - 13, v. Wash. St.,2-1-02; Rebs. - 6, at Ariz, 2-14-02; Steals - 2, v. Wash. St., 2-1-02.

Head Coach Kathy Olivier : Entering her 12th season as UCLA head coach,Kathy Olivier has energized the program to reflect her own positive, upbeatand outgoing personality. The former standout player at Cal State Fullertonand UNLV has helped to produce two Pac-10 Players of the Year, three Pac-10Freshman Players of the Year and a Pac-10 team championship. She is theonly current Pac-10 coach to have as many as three freshmen named first-teamAll-Conference performers. From 1998-2000, she guided UCLA to a school-bestthree-straight NCAA tournament appearances and had the Bruins in the NCAAtournament again last season. Her teams have finished among the top four inthe Pac-10 conference in five of the last seven seasons.

Interest in UCLA women's basketball has taken off to new levels undercoach Olivier. The only six regular season crowds in school history of over7,000 fans have come out to support the Bruins during her tenure. Her 2000squad attracted a school record average of over 3,700 fans per game. Her1999 Pac-10 championship squad drew a school record crowd of 9,530 for ahome win over USC.

While her teams favor a running style on offense, defense has always beenan Olivier strong point. Six of the all-time school top 10 marks for lowestopponent field goal percentages belong to Olivier-coached squads.

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